Lake Como = 22nd September 2017 = Varenna walking along the side of Lake Como for about a kilometre…..

Harriet and I just love being together and sharing our love of art, beauty, creativity, history and nature. We got off the ferry, had a great look around the concourse, saw the buildings opposite the concourse (See the post of photos and words of the area).  We began  to walk  for about a kilometre along the lake walkway. We had an AWESOME time over this period.  The combination of lake  water,  mountains, people and buildings was wonderful. You never knew what was going top be around the corner. A  well earned rest and coffee at the end  was well  worth it !! See the photos below.

 

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As we started our walk, the first thing we saw this beautiful shop and table adorned in purple cloth. The  owners were selling plants like lavender which has purple flowers. They were selling other things as well.

This boat was a most fitting entry to the house pictured below. The house was up a high bank surrounded by  a rock wall.  The rock wall and the wall of the house are covered by a heavy growth of ivy. It fells as though the house  has grown out of the slope.

As we began to walk

 

As we walked along enjoying the beautiful scenery of water, mountains, buildings and people,  we began to hear this beautiful  music wafting over the water to us. As we came  around  the corner, a beautiful stone arch became  apparent. On a seat inside the arch was a busker playing his beautiful music. As we passed, we placed some euro coins in his collecting box. His music really helped make our day.

 

On the waterside edge of the walkway, there was a sturdy steel handrail which prevented you from falling into the water, sometimes three metres below.

  Pavement Cafe along the Lake – side walkway

Looking out from the Pavement Cafe at the water of the lake and the mountains rising out of the lake at a distance

 … very restful !!

We came upon these  wonderful big wooden doors tied together with  a chain. AWESOME !!! in  the beauty and the whimsical contrast between the timber door ////the informal stone walls

A Pavement Cafe in side street

A walkway going down off the main path

I was really struck by this beautiful well looked after tree. There was the trunk, the base of the trunk, the branches high overhead and the large broad leaves which formed a thick canopy overhead. It was an oak tree.

Swans by the  Lake

A beautiful arbour for a rest and a coffee beside the lake

See the village built out of stone centuries ago, halfway up the mountain. How on earth did these people construct roads and clear house slabs  and build stone houses out of pure hard stone with hard hand – work and animal power?

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The end of walking the kilometre or so along the lake – side walking way in Varenna …. there was so much to see !!